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I love the artist- artisan- photographer thang! I have way too many creative juices spilling over and running willy-nilly all over the place! I also come up with stuff at the quirkiest moments and just have to stop everything, grab the camera, or a needle and thread, or the sketch pad, or a hammer - and go nuts.
As much as I enjoy the finished projects, I'm also trying to focus on relishing the creative process...that's always been a bit of a challenge for me...I have to admit. The patience to get through the process to completion is a lesson in perseverance that I'm always struggling to learn! It is worth all the effort, though! I derive great satisfaction out of photographic opportunities that arise out of the creative process as well. It all sort of just blends and enhances the various aspects of what I love about creativity and what it brings to our lives...our family life...to my role as a mom and wife...and to our children's lives, too. The benefits truly abound!
So this is where I've corralled some of the scatterbrained notions and tried to direct them into something useful or at least intelligible...and always fun! Feel free to jump in at any time - enter at your own risk!
My most recent projects...
This bracelet is super simple...just cast on 5 stitches (I used Bernat Baby Sport 300g / 10.5 oz. in Pale Blue) with US size 13 needles. Knit to length desired. The loose knit doesn't require button holes. See what I mean?? Simple!
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Felting these voluptuous 100% wool sweaters! And coming up with some new creations! I'll let you see what I come up with...as I follow my whims!
This is a very easy scarf...it's the first pattern I ever knitted. Great for beginners! Just cast on 15 on stitches with size 10 needles and start knitting...then just keep on knittin' till it's to the length you want. Bind off. To trim or not to trim the ends is up to you. See how easy that is!
And Other Creations...
This is the first dress I've ever made from cutting out the pattern to the finished outfit. It was alot of fun! I took a sewing class this fall that was soooo much help...and such a blast! The dress is reversible...one of my favorite features! Here's more about the dress!
These are some of my first sewing projects...other than the pillows and curtains I did years ago. We have prairie bonnets, mop hats and simple Swedish aprons...
This is my renovated and repurposed little sewing nook! I love the sunshine that comes in through the window!
I have a pattern for a doll very similar to this sweet one I found in a collectibles store in McKinney, TX. Isn't she darlin'? I'm going to use her as my prototype when I finally get up the nerve to tackle that project!
And More Creations...
Another roll-brimmed hat--my first where I've changed the yarn colors--and one little boys could wear, too!
I think I'm going to do the top part in white with a tab top--instead of a tail and tassel. Although a tail with the tri-color pom-pom would be very cute, too! Hmmm, decisions, decisions...
And here's the finished product! And if you'd like to see more of my knitted creations!
Does she really consider this art?!
I am not a trained artist by any stretch and never attended art school other than the very few select (I think there were 2), woefully amateurish classes they offered during high school. And I attended a business/engineering university, again woefully lacking in the whole right-brain artsy department. So whatever latent, artistic ambitions I might have are relegated to the super-amateur, off-the-cuff, let's-just-see-how-this-looks sort of sensibility. If you haven't already read about my creative in-aptitude quotient, you can read that here. If you have, then none of this you're about to witness should be too much of a shock--and most likely subject for a good laugh (or an eye-roll, at the very least).
Perhaps I will improve with time--maybe not At any rate, I love the IDEA of being an artist or some sort of artisan-type persona conjured up in my own mind, so we'll just see what I can manage to throw together here in my virtual studio. There are some great artists in Maine, too, who live on islands and hang out in wonderfully eclectic studios. There are also superbly-niched art galleries tucked into renovated barns, cottages, farmhouses, and other perfect New England-type, that's-just-too-quaint kind of places.
So just hang in here with me and I'll do my best to get some REAL art and artsy stuff thrown into my hapless mix. In the meantime, once you're able to actually focus again--or have recovered from the guffaws--you might be so kind as to give me a few pointers perhaps (and I'm ignoring all "hang it up" or "get a life" quips)!